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PUBLISHED: 5:55 PM on Wednesday, October 24, 2007
South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department works on first phase of new station project
KETCHIKAN - Volunteer efforts continue as the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department executes Phase I of the new community fire station project. For the past two weeks, site clearing occurs between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday with an hour off for lunch. Members of the community are invited to visit the new site. Planned with the new fire station is a community center and playground. Local input is necessary to make both of these public areas a success. Anyone with comments or suggestions can call 228-6673 for input, schedule for planning meetings and the like.

Volunteers in cooperation with local rental agencies are utilizing the recent grant awarded for the phase I clearing of the site for the future STVFD Station 4. Phase I of this project constitutes less than 5% of the total project which is scheduled to have a contractor selected in the next several months. Funding from the State of Alaska for Phase II of the fire station is necessary to complete the project. Phase II of the construction is estimated at approximately $2 million.


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  Volunteer efforts continue as the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department executes Phase I of the new community fire station project. For the past two weeks, site clearing occurs between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday with an hour off for lunch. Members of the community are invited to visit the new site. Planned with the new fire station is a community center and playground. Local input is necessary to make both of these public areas a success. Anyone with comments or suggestions can call 228-6673 for input, schedule for planning meetings and the like.
The volunteers that make up the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department are eager in the development of this new fire station for the community. Work at the site and behind the scenes is going on daily with dozens of members involved. Support functions such as delivering the firewood, meals and hydration are just a few of the many tasks needed behind the scenes to support workers and the new site for the fire station. Seemingly oblivious to the driving rain and cool temperatures, members are still traveling up to the site setting boundaries for the playground, setting stakes and measuring for the playground equipment.

The members of the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department wish to thank the many business' in the Ketchikan area that have lent a hand in this incredible start to the realization of a new fire station.


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